PR: 9:56.07 (2002)
Current Residence: East Greenbush, N.Y.
High School: Averill Park (East Greenbush, N.Y.) HS ‘97
College: James Madison ‘03
Coach: Dave Rinker
Career Highlights: 4th in 3,000m steeplechase at 2002 USA and NCAA Outdoor Championships
DeFrancesco is considered one of a number of young up and coming U.S. steeplechasers, after leaping on to the national stage in 2002 with her fourth-place finishes at both the USA Outdoor Championships and the NCAA Championships. She is the James Madison school-record holder in the steeplechase, outdoor 3,000m and indoor (16:22.64) and outdoor 5,000. Selected her college team’s co-MVP in 2001 and 2002, DeFrancesco was named JMU’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 2001-02 season….a member of the Averill Park High School cross country team that won New York state and Section II class B championships in 1995 and 1996, and Colonial Council championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Also known for her prowess as a cross country runner, DeFrancesco earned All-America status following her 30th-place finish at the 2002 NCAA National Championships. A Kinesiology major at James Madison with a concentration in human movement studies and a Dance minor.
2002: 4th at USA Outdoors (10:00.37)…4th at NCAA Outdoors
(9:56.07)…30th at NCAA Cross Country Championships…ranked #3 in U.S. by
T&FN...best of 9:56.07PR.
2001: 10th at USA Outdoors (10:12.24)…4th at ECAC…best of 10:12.24.